Sydney Travel Guide (NSW, 2000)

Sydney is a vibrant city bursting with character stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Whether you seek exhilaration and exploration or 100% relaxation Sydney boasts an impressive list of urban attractions including dining, shopping and recreation.

The personality of Sydney's dining scene is as distinctive as the city itself, reflecting its multicultural diversity and willingness to embrace new things. Find a fresh approach to flavour combinations at numerous gourmet restaurants, many of which are on the harbour and enjoy outstanding views. While high-end dining experiences are plentiful, cafe society thrives in Sydney's inner precincts and beaches. Paddington and Balmain have flourishing pub-dining scenes and quality food is also on offer at historic pubs in The Rocks.

Sydney's shopping offers everything your heart could desire. The City Centre is home to major retail centres offering a range of boutiques and specialty stores, and international designers including DKNY, Versace and Gucci. Find Australian designers such as Morrissey, Collette Dinnigan and Alannah Hill in Oxford Street, Paddington.

Recreation is a specialty of Sydney's, a city that takes full advantage of its natural environs. Soak up Sydney life on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, just one of many on offer. The Rose Bay to Watson's Bay and The Spit to Manly walks hug the harbour offering spectacular views. Challenge yourself by climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge or enjoy a thrilling jet-boat jaunt.

Gain an insight into Sydney Harbour's history on a cruise, or board a yacht to explore the harbour's hidden coves. For further relaxation experience the holiday feel of Sydney's Northern Beaches stretching from Manly to Palm Beach. Escape to Outer Sydney to explore areas steeped in history and rich in natural beauty.

Feel free to take part in the Sydney experience, tasting the lifestyle along the way!

Archibald Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney | Sydney

This fountain was erected on the terms of the will of the late J. F. Archibald, a prominent Australian journalist. The work is by the famous sculptor, F. Sicard, and is "Commemorative of Australia and France having fought side by side for the liberties of the world". The sculptor has explained the symbolism as follows: "Apollo (the central figure) represents the Arts (Beauty and Light). Apollo ho...

Argyle Place, Observatory Park | Sydney

Argyle Place, a delightful corner of old Sydney, lies below Observatory Park. Through Argyle Cut, the Argyle Arts Centre in the old bond store offers an intriguing spot to linger; you can shop as well as watch craftsmen at work on silverware, copperware, leather goods, pottery, stained glass, and art enamels. For dinner you might try the Argyle Tavern on Argyle Street. Church of the Holy Trinit...

Darling Harbour, Sydney | Pyrmont

Darling Harbour, a locality of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. is a large recreational and pedestrian precinct situated on western outskirts of the Sydney central business district. The locality extends northwards from Chinatown, along both sides of Cockle Bay to King Street Wharf on the east, and to the suburb of Pyrmont on the west. Cockle Bay is just one of the waterways that makes up Dar...

Domain, Sydney | Sydney

The Domain is an area of 100 acres adjoining the Botanic Gardens. From a point known as Lady Macquarie's Chair (named after the wife Governor Macquarrie) a pleasant view of the harbour can be obtained. Also within its boundaries is the National Art Gallery. On Sunday afternoons a cleared area becomes a forum similar to London's Hyde Park, where speakers stand and proclaim to enthralled or amused ...

Fort Denison (1913), Sydney Harbour | Sydney

Fort Denison Lighthouse sits on top of the beautiful Martello Tower of Fort Denison. The Fort was built in 1850 in response to the then fears of a Russian invasion. Also known as pinch gut, an infamous name given to the island by convicts chained to the former rocky outcrop and deprived of food. A supply ship called at the fort once a week, and the prison's meager food rations earned it the sobriq...

Petersham RSL Club | Newtown

Petersham RSL Club plays host to major touring acts, DJs and comedians. The level one lounge provides free entertainment 7 days a week with a crowd capacity of 200. Ticketed entertainment is available on level two with a crowd capacity of 380. Both levels are fully licensed. The club caters for private functions.

Salsa at Docks Restaurant, Darling Harbour | Sydney


Salsa at the Pumphouse | Sydney

Salsa at the Pumphouse Bar, Sydney's leading salsa dancing Monday night venue, usually every night, with Club (9-1am) & Classes (6-9pm) Performances, DJ MAMBO-G. The Pumphouse Bar is located in Darling Harbour next door to (just to the north of) the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and a little to the east of the Sydney Exhibition Centre. The Bar is only a few minutes walk from Chinatown, Cockle Bay ...

St Mary's Cathedral, College Street, Sydney | Sydney

Though this cathedral occupies one of the most commanding positions in Sydney, Macquarie's grant of the site in 1821 was unenthusiastically received, its position in "un-reclaimed bush, away from the town proper" being considered totally unsuitable for the purpose. A handsome brick chapel with bell-tower was erected, however, but was destroyed by fire on 29th June 1865, exactly 29 years after its ...

Sydney Attractions | Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant city bursting with character stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Whether you seek exhilaration and exploration or 100% relaxation Sydney boasts an impressive list of urban attractions including dining, shopping and recreation.

Sydney Harbour Bridge | Sydney

This arch bridge, which connects the city with the northern suburbs by a single span, was the largest of its type in the world when it was completed in 1932. Its maximum height above mean high water is 138 metres. It is 48 metres wide, and contains over 50,000 tons of steel work. The length of the span is 502 metres, while the total length of the bridge, including approaches, is 4 kms. Work bega...

Sydney Opera House | Sydney

Opera Australia is the principal opera company in Australia and based at the Opera House in Sydney. The performance season runs for approximately eight months of the year, with the remainder of time spent in the The National Arts Centre in Melbourne. In 2004, the company gave 226 performances in its subscription season in Sydney and Melbourne, attended by more than 294,000 people. Like most oper...

Bradley's Head (1905) - Mosman, Sydney | Mosman

Standing proudly beside the mast of HMAS Sydney, Bradley's Head Lighthouse is the lowest in New South Wales. The light source is 7m above sea level. Built in 1905 the lighthouse has served as a channel marker to the rocks on Bradley's Head and is easily seen from the port side of a ferry trip from Circular Quay to Manly. Bradley's Head was named after William Bradley, an officer on the 'Sirius', g...

Cape Bailey (1950) - Kurnell | Kurnell

Cape Bailey Lighthouse standing on spectacular Kurnell Peninsula in Botany Bay National Park is the first of five lighthouses that span the Illawarra coast. Enter via Sir Joseph Banks drive, Kurnell.

Coogee Bay Hotel | Coogee

Coogee Bay Hotel features live bands Thursday to Sunday nights.

Glasgow Arms Hotel | Ultimo

Glasgow Arms Hotel is an award-winning hotel. Refurbished rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Short stroll to Star City, Darling Harbour and Entertainment Centre.

Macquarie (1883) - South Head, Sydney | Sydney

Francis Greenway received his pardon from Governor Macquarie for his design of Macquarie Lighthouse on South Head. The building was completed in 1818. In 1883 it was reconstructed as an almost exact duplicate to a design by James Barnet, due to the inability of the porous sandstone blocks to withstand the corrosive forces of wind and sea spray.

Western Channel Pile (1947) - Sydney | Sydney

Known colloquially by Sydney Harbour sailors as "Wedding Cake" the Western Channel and Eastern Channel Pile lights at the South-West end of Sow & Pigs Rocks mark the outer bounds of Sow & Pigs made recently famous again by America's Cup helmsman Dennis O'Connor who managed to run his 12 metre aground in a attacking duel Jill in Sydney Harbour. The rocks also sealed the fate of the famous tea clipp...

Artista Famosa Events | Ultimo

Beginner through to advanced level dancers receive the very best instruction in ALL STYLES OF LATIN DANCING from Branka Zeljic, one of Sydney's leading if not most gifted Salsa teacher! Of Serbian background, but living in Sydney for over 20 years, Branka has been teaching Latin Dancing as well as organizing & promoting Latin events for over 15 years. Her support for the Latin Dance Scene in Austr...

Eastern Channel Pile (1947) - Sydney | Sydney

The Eastern Channel Pile Light in Sydney Harbour located on the approach to Watsons Bay is known as the 'Wedding Cake'